4 Ways To Decorate With The Terracotta Tone

Terracotta translated from Italian means 'baked earth' which is seemingly fitting for creating a warm and natural space that incorporates the earthy tones of this colour. Terracotta has been used throughout history predominately for sculpture and pottery whereby refined clay is placed in a kiln. It is during the firing process that the colour of the clay can vary across shades of burnt orange, dusty pink, fired red and muddy brown. Terracotta tiles and ceramics have long been popular but with the resurgence of this trend we have found other ways of incorporating this warm and rich colour into your home. We show you how to incorporate the terracotta tone in four different ways. 

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 The  Terracotta Army  is a world-renowned collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Quin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. 

The Terracotta Army is a world-renowned collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Quin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. 

 Clay is easy to mould into intricate patterns that add a dynamic feel to any surface. 

Clay is easy to mould into intricate patterns that add a dynamic feel to any surface. 

dusty pink wall
 Terracotta has been used to create interesting patterns within the brick foundations of the left wall which brings beautiful light into the home.  

Terracotta has been used to create interesting patterns within the brick foundations of the left wall which brings beautiful light into the home.  

1. Exposed Brick Surfaces 

We like the idea of choosing an unplastered block wall that exposes the varying tones of pink and orange within the bricks. The walls below create texture and interest, as although the bricks follow a uniform pattern, they are actually all differing shades, shapes and sizes. These imperfections bring a certain rawness and earthy feel that is reminescent of the terracotta tone. 

exposed brick wall in bedroom
exposed brick wall in room
exposed brick wall living room
exposed brick wall

2. Textured Tiles 

The neutral tone of terracotta does not limit you to one specific room within your home. This rich tile tone can be used within any space of your house. Choosing an interesting shape and colour will set the tone of the chosen room. The first picture below is modern because of the hexagonal shape and rich colour of the tile whilst the photograph of the kitchen below incorporates a lighter tile with a rectangular shape that creates a natural, light kitchen space. 

terracota tile
terracotta tile living room
terracotta tile kitchen
bathroom
terracotta tile
terracotta tile

3. Unique Light Features 

Don't go with a conventional light feature made out of steel or plastic, rather go for a uniquely shaped terracotta light that incoproates interesting tones and textures like the pictures below. 

terracotta lamp
terracotta lamp
terracotta lamp
terracotta lamp

4. Clever Ceramics

Because you can't go wrong with terracotta ceramics. There is a plethora of beautiful ceramic pots and cups out there that are on-trend, modern and different. 

terracotta ceramics
terracotta ceramics
terracotta ceramics
terracotta ceramics
terracotta ceramics